Directed by Lynn Shelton
Written by Andrea Seigel
Starring Keira Knightley, Chloё Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell
Kitschy and tediously drawn-out home video credits give way to a humorous portrait of arrested development in the vein of Frances Ha and Drifters. While stylistically closer to the latter, Say When’s primarily comic outlook also includes authentic depiction of female friendship more reminiscent of Frances Ha.
But it takes its time getting there; a threadbare narrative betrays director Shelton’s recent work with TV’s shorter running times. Several scenes consist of little more than poking fun at Megan’s (Knightley) more sorted friends, including Ellie Kemper in a near-duplication of her Bridesmaids role.
Say When entertains thanks to an odd blend of implausible comic scenarios, teenage rites-of-passage nostalgia, and above all, a decent cast. It may feature a highly predictable conclusion and exchanges that could write themselves, but through Megan’s unconventional friendship with Annika (Moretz), Seigel’s script flirts with interesting commentary on modern family units.
Say When is released on the 7th November.